My Epsone Stylus C86 smears yellow ink on edges of printed pages. I also have black slotches occasionally, as if the printer has spit black ink on my print. It's lovely.
Any help on how to fix it so that I get clean prints once again??
Printer utilities do not solve the issue.
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Re: Epson Stylus C86 smearing
Your printer has ink build up inside it. This comes from cleaning cartridges and builds-up steadily over time. Remove top cover. Wet a cotton swab with isopropyl alcohol (available at drug stores) and clean the inside. use a cotton bud where the swab gets entangled.
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You said all new cartridges.. But are they Epson Genuine Cartridges???? I had the same problem when I replaced with new, but generic cartridges.
After finally, going thru 2 sets of each, removed them and put in Genuine., and finally, everthing started printing fine. Weird , but true.
I suggested my answer problem below.
Good Luck :0)
Problem for Epson Stylus C84 InkJet Printer Re: C84 I'm using generic ink, but the red
By mclamemo on Nov 12, 2009
re: C84 I'm using generic ink, but the red doesn't work at all. I've done all the printer cleaning programs and swabbed inside the printer with alcohol, and re-inserted the cartridge multiple times. it still doesn't print at all.
Also now even the black every few lines prints the top half of the line or the bottom half of the line, or its smeared, etc...
Help! Best Solution posted on Nov 12, 2009
Rank: Wiz Expert Rating: 84%, 22 votes I have learned from experience, that Epson does not like generic ink. You must use Epson Genuine Cartridges. Hopefully, you haven't screwed up the printer, like I did. I did try cleaning the heads and doing everything possible. Use 2 cartridges of ech set, for cleaning, cleaning, cleaning. ......But Nothing. Had to go out and purchase a new printer.; Good Luck :0( Asker's Testimonial " Thank you. Called Epson also and they didn't say it as directly, but advised real Epson ink too. Hope I didn't kill the printer! Generic ink for sale " - mclamemo Comments: Nov 12, 2009 - Funny. hahahahah, Me too! I would say, about 2 dozen cartridges to be exact.
Please load the printer with at least 10 sheets of plain paper then press the start button. This will dry or clean any ink found on the rollers.
Continue to run blank pages through the printer until no more ink is found on the paper, then attempt printing. If ink stains, streaks or smudges are still present, the printer may need service.
You have to check if the waste pad of the printer is full. If this occurs, you have to call a technician to replace it (or yourself can do , if you are able to). With the waste pad replaced, you can reset the internal counter with this program : http://www.ssclg.com/epsone.shtml
This program can show you if the waste pad is full, or what problem is happening.
Some of Epson's ink have inconsistent quality. Some batches have runny ink. Nozzle cleaning and print head alignments don't help at all, if they didn't make it worse in the first place. I've experienced problems like yours several times as well. Here's what I did that worked for my Epson 960. Move the printer to a really dry place. Take out all the ink and let the printer sit and dry for a few days and then change all ink cartridges. Make sure you buy newly created ink. All Epson ink come with born-on dating so find the ones with the most recent dates and make sure the whole batch is produced at around the same time to ensure color consistency. Plug them in and try it out. If the problem remains, you may need to bring the printer in for repairs.